The 1978 World Cup opened in a blaze of glory in Buenos Aires for Argentina,
but in picturesque, provincial Mendoza, far to the west of the capital,
within view of the Andes,
there must have been an air of anti-climax as Holland found themselves
starting their campaign against Iran.
The stadium, built especially for the 1978 World Cup,
was impressive enough, but the pitch was far too soft,
and the climate in this wine-growing region
did not suit the Dutch team at all,
the southern hemisphere winter bringing about bright sunlight, sharp shadows
and a distinctive drop in temperature when the sun went down.
Dutch line-up against Iran,
not the best picture in the world,
sorry, but the shadows don't help.
Krol, Jongbloed, Willy van de Kerkhof, Rijsbergen,
Rep, Suurbier, Jansen, René van de Kerkhof,
Haan, Rensenbrink, Neeskens, plus local mascot.
The Dutch wore a rather unappealing all orange strip for this game,
and the subsequent match against Peru, presumably deciding that
the traditional black shorts were no longer fashionable, or something.